Sunday, 24 June 2018

OCEAN'S 8 - LOU'S SIGNATURE STYLE PIECES

Ocean's 8 is every fashionista's dream - as a fashion blogger heading to the cinema this was clearly research for me (no seriously it is! LOL) - What a film, it's a must see for every woman.

Did I feel empowered after the film? Oh yes! Please can someone let me be part of a heist, oh what fun! Not sure where my particular talents would lie, but I can definitely pull off working undercover in a ballgown at the most famous Met Ball gala in the world - or at least let me try!!

This blog is not about the film itself; I've popped the trailer below to let you get a feel for what I'm talking about for yourself. This blogpost is about recreating the style of one particular character - Lou (you never get to know her surname) and she's played by Cate Blanchett, she's the coolest one of the eight, and that's saying something with the likes of Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, and the coolest chick in the world Rihanna!





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So what is it about Lou that's particularly grabbed my attention? I think it's her boyish sexy, I'm not making any effort, but truthfully it's taking me ages, kind of charm. Her pieces are quite simple, and separately all very gorgeous, but the way she mixes them together it's an indigenous mix of personal style that I think actually works.



LOU'S SIGNATURE STYLE PIECES



NUMBER ONE: The Leopard Print Coat

Leopard print is everywhere, and I've personally have never own a coat in it - but I'm already wishing for Autumn to arrive so that I can get one! Biba do one every winter.... this is now my excuse to buy (whoop whoop).






ASOS
Parisian Belted Leopard Coat
Was £59.99, Now £40








NUMBER TWO: The colourful trouser suit


A trend very much in at the moment, if you're a tad fed up with dresses then a two-piece trouser suit is perfect for both the office and for out-out. Just pick your own colour choice, as there is lots to choose from.








H&M
Light Blue Trouser Suit
Jacket - £24.99
Trousers - £17.99










NUMBER THREE - The Velvet Blazer

This I feel is should be a staple in any woman's wardrobe, and something I do not own myself - I did try to hunt one out from M&S that everyone was raving about in the January Sale but sadly couldn't get my size.

Add to your list, I think we'll be needing one this autumn!







LOOK AGAIN
Velvet Blazer by Laura Scott
£79









NUMBER FOUR - The slim neck scarf

I've been looking at these lately, I nearly bought one the other week at the Rixo London pop-up shop in Carnaby Street. Wished I did now - this sort of thing you can either make yourself by getting old vintage material and cutting them up or you might find them in charity stores.

Aim to have three or four of them so that you can easily change your look









RIXO LONDON
Hendrix – Mini Star

Skinny Long Neckscarf
£95









NUMBER FIVE - Jewels, Charms & Brooches

This chick loves to decorate; her neck, her arms and her fingers in lots of jewellery, if you look back at Lou in her blue trouser suit you'll see she even wears lots of little brooches on her jacket lapel.

You don't need to spend a lot here, raid your own jewellery box, the charity shops or head to places like Primark, H&M or perhaps for that something a little more exciting I highly recommend TopShop on Oxford Street - this store has lots of vintage costume jewellery and for unique items I don't feel they are that expensive, starting from around £30.



Topshop
Coin and Cross Multi-Row Necklace
£12.50












All photos of Cate Blanchett playing Lou are from Pinterest - You can view my Inspiration Board on Lou's character which has many more photos here.









Thursday, 21 June 2018

HOLIDAY CLUTCH BAGS FOR £30 OR UNDER

One of the delightful accessories you can really go to town on in holiday season is your clutch bag for the evenings. Go animal wild, go colourful, go fun, fun, fun!

Don't spend too much though as holiday accessories don't tend to hold the same vibe once you get back home - plus if you pay out for an expensive one then you will feel you have to use every night, where as this way you might be able to treat yourself to more than one!

Really think about the colours and the materials, as some can double up during the day  as a pouch to keep all your personal bits in within that mega size beach bag!



River Island
Pink feather clutch chain bag
Also available in black
£28








TOPSHOP
Leather Bird Embroidered Boxy Clutch
Was £39, now £20









ASOS
South Beach Natural Beach Clutch with Tassel Mirror Detail and Removable Strap
Was £15, now £10








Accessorize
Pom Pom Beach Clutch Bag
£29









Accessorize
Sophie Oversizes Floral Ziptop Clutch Bag
Was £32, now £22









V by Very

Colour Pop Stripe Straw Clutch Bag
£15







DUNE at House of Fraser
Beverlie Patent Clutch Bag
Was £65, then £32, now £26!









ZARA
Embellished Crossbody Drawstring Bag
Was £29.99, now £19.99








River Island
Blue Caroline Flack print towel clutch bag
£30







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I also have a little apology to make to those that get these blogposts by email - I forgot to include the link for you to be able to see the video I was talking about, SORRY!


Just in case you didn't get onto the site.

Thank you, Lizzi x





Sunday, 17 June 2018

VLOG - BEHIND THE SCENES + FABULOUS ITEMS FROM M&S

To fully understand this week's post you really need to see my video that supports my latest shopping day.

I went out and about in MK1, a shopping destination in Milton Keynes, that has Primark, New Look, River Island, Outfit, NEXT, H&M and M&S, so a good variety of shops.




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Here are some fabulous items that I've found in M&S this week, a brand that is struggling at the moment to engage a lot of women in their latest collection, below are four items that I think are lovely, I hope you do too.


Pink Short-sleeved Knit with Lace
Per Una Collection
£35

I have searched several times online for this at M&S and I cannot find it - but I've seen it in two stores so just head to their Per Una section. I tried it on and it's lovely. I highly recommend that you invest in a pink bra to go under, I had nude and you could see it very clearly. This would look fabulous with linen trousers, white jeans or a denim skirt - so versatile. Sizing true to size.


pink knitwear
@Lovedbylizzi




Per Una Collection
Textured Jacket
£79

I didn't try this on, but you can see it in my film, this is gorgeous. We have summer days where you simply cannot get away without a blazer or light jacket and I think this would be perfect. Also if you were going to a less formal wedding or perhaps a Christening. A statement piece for sure!







M&S Collection
Spotted Ruffle Maxi Skirt

£45

You can see me twirling in this one in the film, I loved this! Very tempted to get this after payday for sure. Frills and Spots are two trends that are very popular this summer. You can dress this up for work or you can make it more edgy with trainers and a denim jacket for the weekend. Again another versatile item which will add value to your summer wardrobe. it's a 10/10 from me. I recommend to size down one if you are ordering online.




Spot and frilly skirt
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M&S Collection
Tie Waist Kimono Wrap Dress
£29.50
Available in Pink, Ivory White, Navy and Yellow

I first tried this on in white and really didn't like it at all. There is no lining to this dress and it does have this annoying 2-inch flap of material especially about the V shape neckline that you need to get flat or you can easily see. 

Then the following day I saw it in pink and thought I would have another go and it was so much better - which gives me confidence to say that navy and yellow should be fine too. 

The white however I recommend to avoid as you can see the pockets and you'll need to wear a slip - but don't forget this is a much lower priced dress at £29.50. It's a shame because I thought the white was very SJP from Sex and the City, which is why I tried it on!


Pink dress
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MY OUTFIT OF THE WEEK:

This was from last Saturday when I was heading into London, I wanted more of a London look and so toughened up my & Other Stories leopard print dress with my Stan Smiths and my army Hush jacket - which is fab, as it means I'm getting more wear out of this dress than when I first bought it, as I thought I could only wear out-out!

leopard print dress
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Thursday, 14 June 2018

10 GORGEOUS BEACH BAGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS

It's not a holiday to me unless I can see the sea (LOL) - well that's my view. Whether your poolside in a glamorous city or you are baking on a beach, the bigger the beach bag the better!

And nowadays it's quite typical to have these oversize totes to double up as your travel bag and/or shopping tote too, so it needs to be versatile to accommodate many different outfits.

Here's 10 gorgeous ones to take a look at, and thankfully straw bags are in so don't forget the Biba and Hallhuber ones from my last bag post, they still count!


ASOS
Oysho Beach Tote Bag
£45.99









V by Very

Slogan Scarf Wrap Handle Beach Bag - Natural
Was £25, Now £18



  


NEW LOOK
Cream Aloha Slogan Pineapple Basket Bag
£27.99







Matalan
Stripe Rope Beach Bag
£8.00
Various colour options available






River Island
Gold woven oversized beach shopper bag
Was £36, now £22
This one is a trending item, so be quick if you want to buy!






Hush Homewear
Cannes Bag
£49






Boden
MILOS Beach Bag
£50







Whistles
Niko Stripe Woven Fringe Tote
Was £79, now £45
Other colour options available








GAP UK
Woven Fabric Beach Tote
Was £35, Now £19.98










And if you have cash to splash! (Pardon the pun!)


Selfridges
EMILIO PUCCI

Geometric-print tote bag
Was £510, Now £250









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Sunday, 10 June 2018

FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO TAKE ON HOLIDAY


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It's the start of Summer and all things holidays and over the next few weeks my Loved by Lizzi blog will be getting you ready for your holidays (apologies if you have already been... but if still might be helpful for that last minute weekend away).

To kick start this off, I've invited back the gorgeous Carole Marchant, Beauty Blogger of Carolem Beauty, and she's come up with five (but I think she's sneaked a few more in!) products you should take on your holiday!



We hope you enjoy the post, and if you have any specific holiday topics you'd like to see on the blog, then do get in touch and let me know!

Thanks, Lizzi x





Image from Pixabay



FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO TAKE ON HOLIDAY


When we go away it’s a good time to let our skin breathe and wear a bit less make-up. If going somewhere hot (which I think is what most of us like to do especially, if we live in the UK) then make-up tends to not want to sit so well on our skin anyway. 

Plus we don’t want to lug our whole makeup collection away with us and spend all night applying our makeup when there are cocktails to be had! (Well I don't anyway!).  Here are my holiday makeup essentials - ones that I would always squash into my 'carry on' luggage.

(I would add as a quick side note that obviously SPF is a necessity. My current favourite is La Roche Posay Anthelios XL as it’s nice and light ... )



Tinted moisturiser or BB/CC cream
Holidays are a good time to not put on a heavy foundation, so opt with one of the above as they will even out your skintone and give some coverage but not so it looks like you are wearing a full face of foundation. Brands I like for these are Rimmel, Maybelline, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown. You might want to go for the mattifying versions of these if your skin is particularly oily to help reduce too much shine.




Carolem Beauty
@Carolem_Beauty

Lipgloss / Coral Lipstick
In the daytime I tend to wear a lip balm or sunscreen on my lips but if going out for lunch or going out for a day trip I like to wear a pretty lipgloss in a neutral shade such as Charlotte TIlbury’s Ibiza Nights which has a bit of gold shimmer in too. 

For the evenings I like to wear a Coral lipstick which is my favourite shade for summer. Some of my personal favourites are “Blissful Peace” by Collection and “Hot Emily’ by Charlotte Tilbury.

I've wrote a whole blogpost just on this topic, that you can have a read here.





Bronzer / Blusher
These give the face the look of a healthy glow and a luminous and glowing holiday look. Using cream versions of these products rather than powders keeps the look fresh and glowy. I love the YSL cream bronzer called Les Sahariennes and MAC do a lot of great cream blushers.



Waterproof Mascara
No-one wants to get out of the sea or pool with black panda eyes so waterproof mascara is the only way. I am a big fan of high street mascaras and Maybelline is my favourite brand. Waterproof mascara can be hard to remove though so make sure you bring a good eye makeup remover with you. I like Nivea’s Daily Essentials Eye Make-up Remover.



Highlighter
A good cream highlighter is perfect for showing off a tan and making your skin look glowy and fresh. My favourites are Hollywood Flawless FIlter by Charlotte TIlbury and MAC Strobe Cream - these are both liquid products as again this helps the skin to look dewy and glowy.



Carolem Beauty
@Carolem_Beauty
And if I was allowed one more sneaky item I would take an eyebrow pencil or gel as I think eyebrows define your face and help you look polished. Another option is to get your eyebrows tinted before you go and to save on mascara you could get your lashes done with a treatment such as LVL lashes.

Some of the items above can be replaced by products that perform multiple tasks in one, such as Charlotte TIlbury’s Beach Sticks - I have one called Les Salinas. This a cream product which are perfect for giving skin that dewy finish and can be used as a blusher, eyeshadow or lipstick. Or Charlotte Tilbury and NYX do palettes that combine eye and cheek products which are perfect for taking on holiday.




I would also bring a face spray. Either a setting spray like MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ or the Caudalie Beauty Elixir which is lovely and refreshing (great to use on the plane too) I would also bring a Primer too if you have room as this can really help your makeup stay on.

But the main thing is to have the most fabulous holiday! Enjoy x



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MY OUTFIT OF THE WEEK:

I have to give it to this Rixo London lookey-likey skirt by Topshop, it got a lot of attention in the office, and I really liked the whole look! I featured it on last week's blog, SEE IT, BUY IT. This time I teamed it with some high black heels and a black blazer for an office look, and the vest top is from Mango it's a light knit in a pink blush and it's only £15.99.




Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi



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